National Team Program

Three national teams are selected annually:

  • National Elite Team: Top six male and top six female athletes in Canada
  • National Development Team: Up to five male and five female athletes based on the National Development Team Selection Criteria
  • National Junior Team: Up to twelve junior athletes based on the results of the Canadian Junior Championships

Athletes are named to a national team for a period of one year from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. The Selection Criteria for each team is noted below.

To be eligible to be named to any Racquetball Canada national team, the athlete must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be a fully paid member of Racquetball Canada and in good standing
  • Be able to meet the International Racquetball Federation’s requirements to represent Canada at the selected competition
  • Sign an athlete agreement with Racquetball Canada

National Elite Team

The National Men’s Elite Team consists of six members who attain the qualifying standards described below. If any of the qualifying members decline Racquetball Canada’s offer to join the team, the next qualifying athlete will move into the next higher selection position until six agreeable players are on the team. If there are no Canadian players that qualify in selection 1 from the IRT (International Racquetball Tour) then the selection will be based solely on the current National team selection standings.

1. First selected athlete will be the top Canadian male on the IRT (International Racquetball Tour) who is ranked in the top 8 as of the Wednesday following the Canadian Championships.

2. Second selected athlete will be the top male qualifier from points accumulated in singles competitions during Racquetball Canada’s two Singles Selection Events and the Canadian Championships immediately preceding the selection of the team.

3. Third selected athlete will be the next top male qualifier from points accumulated in singles competitions during Racquetball Canada’s two Singles Selection Events and the National Championships immediately preceding the selection of the team.

4. Fourth selected athlete will be the next top male qualifier from points accumulated in singles and doubles competitions during Racquetball Canada’s two Singles Selection Events and its National Championships immediately preceding the selection of the team.

5. If any of the top six athletes elect to decline their position on the National Elite Team, , the remaining positions will be filled by the next top male qualifiers.  These athletes will be selected in order, from points accumulated in singles and doubles competitions during Racquetball Canada’s two Singles Selection Events and the Canadian Championships immediately preceding the selection of the team. Racquetball Canada insists on including doubles points for all but the top three qualifiers because of the importance of doubles performances in international competitions.

The National Women’s Elite Team consists of six members who attain the qualifying standards described below. If any of the qualifying members decline Racquetball Canada’s offer to join the team, the next qualifying athlete will move into the next higher selection position until six agreeable players are on the team. If there is no Canadian players in that qualify in selection 1 from the LPRT (Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour) then the selection will be based solely on the current National team selection standings.

1. First selected athlete will be the top Canadian female on the LPRT (Ladies Pro Racquetball Tour) who is ranked in the top 8 as of the Wednesday following the Canadian Championships.

2. Second selected athlete will be the top female qualifier from points accumulated in singles competitions during Racquetball Canada’s two Singles Selection Events and the Canadian Championships immediately preceding the selection of the team.

3. Third selected athlete will be the next top female qualifier from points accumulated in singles competitions during Racquetball Canada’s two Singles Selection Events and the Canadian Championships immediately preceding the selection of the team.

4. Fourth selected athlete will be the next top female qualifier from points accumulated in singles and doubles competitions during Racquetball Canada’s two Singles Selection Events and the Canadian Championships immediately preceding the selection of the team.

5. If any of the top six athletes elect to decline their position on the National Elite Team, , the remaining positions will be filled by the next top female qualifiers.  These athletes will be selected in order, from points accumulated in singles and doubles competitions during Racquetball Canada’s two Singles Selection Events and the National Championships immediately preceding the selection of the team. Racquetball Canada insists on including doubles points for all but the top three qualifiers because of the importance of doubles performances in international competitions.

National Development Team

Athletes are named to the National Development Team for a period of one year from July 1 to June 30.

The National Development Team consists of up to 10 players, with a maximum of five males and five females, who were not already selected for the National Elite Team. They will be selected according to standing points accumulated in singles and doubles competitions during Racquetball Canada’s two Singles Selection Events and its National Championships immediately preceding the selection of the team. There are also age restrictions for the National Development team:

  1. The next top male and two female athlete aged 29 and under.
  2. The next top male and female athlete aged 27 and under.
  3. The next top male and female athlete aged 25 & under.
  4. The next top male and two female athlete aged 23 and under.
  5. The next top male and top female athlete aged 21 and under.

The age of the above athletes is as of January 1 of the year selected.

Provisions have been made in case of event cancellations:
2021-22 National Team Selection Criteria

National Junior Team

The National Junior Team (12 players) will  be comprised of six male & six female players based on the Canadian Junior National Championships results with the exception that if a Junior earns a spot on the International Travelling Team to the Pan Am Championships (PAC) and plays in the PAC, they will receive an automatic berth onto the Junior National team for Junior Worlds if they choose not to play at Junior Nationals.

Additional National Junior Team Members are selected as follows:

  1. The selected player(s) will play in their appropriate age category i.e. 15 years old – 16 & under event. If two players qualify for and play in the National Team competition of the Pan Am Championships and they are from the same age event, they will represent Canada at the Junior Worlds. If a second Canadian player needs to be selected to the Junior Worlds team he/she will be the winner of his/her respective age event
  2. The top 2 players – Boys 18 & under and Girls 18 & under, – Boys 16 & under and Girls 16 & under and – Boys 14 & under and Girls 14 & under will be invited to attend the Junior World Championships. If the either of the top two players elects not to attend then Racquetball Canada will approach the third place finisher and invite them to attend Junior World Championships. Racquetball Canada will not select beyond the fourth place finisher at the Junior National Championships.

National Team Standings

There are 2 standings:

1. Singles Standing. An athlete receives points for respective placings in Open Singles at Events 1, 2 and 3. The points from Events 1 and 2 each account for 30 per cent of the total, with points earned from Event 3 accounting for 40 per cent of the total. (Example: An athlete placed 1st at Event 1, 5th at Event 2 and 1st at Event 3. That athlete would get 30 points for Event 1, 12 points for Event 2 and 40 points for Event 3, for a total of 82 points).

2. Singles and Doubles Standing: An athlete receives points for respective placing in Open Singles at Events 1, 2 and 3, plus points for respective placing in Event 4. The points from Events 1 and 2 accounts for 21 per cent of the total, the points earned from Event 3 account for 28 per cent of the total and the points earned from Event 4 account for 30 per cent of the total. (Example: An athlete placed 1st at Event 1, 5th at Event 2, 1st at Event 3 and 3rd at Event 4. That athlete would get 21 points for Event 1, 8.4 points for Event 2, 28 points for Event 3 and 19.8 points for Event 4, for a total of 77.2 points).

The players will be ranked according to the amount of points they have accumulated at the selections events.  Please refer to the “Weight of events” section for more details.

Selection Events Included in the Standings

• Event #1 :  Fall selection event – Singles Open

• Event #2 :  Winter selection event – Singles Open

• Event #3 :  National Championship – Singles Open

• Event #4 :  National Championship – Doubles Open

Point Table

The point table outlines the number of points awarded to an athlete based on the position they finished in at an event

PositionPoints
1100
282
366
452
540
632
724
818
912
106
113
121
Other0

Weight of Events

The weight of events for Singles Standing and Single & Double Standings are calculated as follows

The weight of an event shows the number used to multiply points earned from an event. The multiplied numbers are totaled to determine the standings.

Singles Standing:

  • Event #1 = 30%
  • Event #2 = 30%
  • Event #3 = 40%

Singles & Doubles Standing:

  • Event #1 = 21%
  • Event #2 = 21%
  • Event #3 = 28%
  • Event #4 = 30%

If two or more players have the same amount of selection points, the player with the highest status in the Racquetball Canada ranking run after the last event is processed will be considered the top player in terms of selection  for national team selection criteria.

Provisions have been made in case of event cancellations. Please see specific team or event selection criteria for more information.

Current Athlete Points Tables

  • To be posted after first event in 2020-21 season.

International Event Team Criteria

Each International Event Team involves a specific selection process for athletes and coaches.  International Event Teams are teams of athletes, coaches and other necessary support staff (i.e., a “National Team”) who represent Canada in the sport of racquetball throughout the world

The selection criteria for upcoming International Event Teams can be found below. If no link exists, the criteria has not yet been posted.

2021 Pan Am Championships

2021 World Championships

Athlete Assistance Program (Carding) AAP Criteria

Carded athlete status is a privilege designated for athletes who have demonstrated, and continue to demonstrate, outstanding abilities and commitment to the sport of racquetball. Carded athlete status is not a reward for past work but rather it is intended to allow athletes to enter a training and competitive schedule which, by design, will lead to consistent improvement thereby maximizing the likelihood of Team Canada’s success at future international racquetball events.  The Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) is funded by Sport Canada.  The program criteria can be reviewed below.

2021-22 AAP Criteria

National Team Policies

Exemption Clause

Injury Prior to the Event

If an athlete is injured prior to starting a selection event and is therefore unable to play in the current selection event, the athlete can submit an exemption request.

A note from a doctor or a physiotherapist confirming the injury needs to be sent to the High Performance Director no later than 21 days after the first day of the event for which the exemption is being requested.

Other exemption circumstances

If a circumstance other than an injury prevents an athlete from attending a Racquetball Canada selection event, the circumstances can be submitted to the HPC for evaluation.

  • Exemption requests must follow the procedure below:Any request for a non-injury exemption from a Racquetball Canada event should be submitted to the High Performance Director no later than seven days after the first day of the event the exemption is being requested. There will be no consideration for an exemption after this deadline date.
  • The request must be made in writing stating the circumstances with supporting evidence faxed, emailed or mailed to the Racquetball Canada office.
  • In the event of for school or exams, a note from the administration or teacher/professor must be submitted with the request.
  • The High Performance Committee will evaluate all requests and deliver its decision in writing.

Standing results of an approved exemption:

If the draw size is 13 players or more, the exempted player`s placing will be finalized at three (3) positions lower than their placing at the previous event in the same discipline. If the draw size is 12 or less, the exempted player`s placing will be finalized at two (2) positions lower than their placing at the previous event in the same discipline. An exempted player may only be placed one spot lower than the number of athletes/teams in the draw at the start of the event.

Injury during an Event:

Once an athlete has started their first game in the current National Team Selection Event, their resulting position will be determined without any bearing on previous National Team Selection Events.

Racquetball Canada believes all healthy athletes should endeavor to participate in every match scheduled for them during an Racquetball Canada event. If there is an abundance of forfeited games at any Racquetball Canada event, Racquetball Canada will ascertain the problems and deal with them accordingly. Healthy scratches are not looked upon favorably by Racquetball Canada.

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